☆New Scenery Visual☆ Driving home yesterday afternoon from Terra Linda and the new SMART train zipped by the parallel tracks along 101 near the Novato narrows. ~ l@@king forward to the train service later this year.
SMART Train, aka SoCoMaCo Akamai rail is a voter-approved passenger rail and pathway project located in Marin & Sonoma counties. It will serve a 70-mile corridor from Larkspur to Cloverdale, with a first phase from San Rafael to Santa Rosa ~ transit service targeted for late 2016 launch date. The new train bridge in Petaluma is taking a lot of time and resources to finalize.
Petaluma Pete ~ Tourism ambassador video promo for the SMART train! Love the new views of the countryside. http://youtu.be/nrAYGk6mghY
Excellent news concerning this retrofit, replacement and local modernization project. The existing bridge l@@ks dangerous and neglected. Thumbs up!
~ Did You Know? The new Haystack Bridge that will be installed in Petaluma is a re-purposed bascule bridge, purchased from Galveston, TX. Part of a Coast Guard project to widen the channel opening there made a relatively new bridge that was suitable to the SMART project. This approach offers several benefits over the original plan to rehabilitate the existing Haystack Bridge: the maximum train speed over the bridge goes up from 10 to 40 mph; the useful life of the bridge goes from 20 years to 80 years; the river channel widens from 55 to 87 feet; and the superstructure of the bridge goes from a low fender protection system to more substantial “pile clusters” to protect from a barge impact. In addition, all of these improvements will be achieved with the re-purposed span for the same cost as the originally planned retrofit.
November 12, 2013
SMART rail district buys 56 acres of wetlands near tracks
By Matt Brown
The Press Democrat
October 11, 2013, 5:23 PM
SMART announced the purchase of 56 acres of wetlands along the Petaluma River that will be preserved as part of its environmental mitigation program. The Mira Monte Marina is south of Redwood Landfill, where San Antonio Creek meets the Petaluma River. Environmentalists welcomed the purchase, this acquisition will add to the 2,000-acre protected Petaluma Marsh system that supports an array of bird, plant and animal species, including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and California clapper rail.
Excellent development for the Larkspur extension!
SMART announces acceptance into the federal Small Starts funding program for the Larkspur extension
Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) September 24, 2013
For Immediate Release
SMART San Rafael to Larkspur Segment Accepted into Federal “New Starts” Program
Petaluma,CA– Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) announced today that the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA) has accepted SMART’s San Rafael to Larkspur segment into
the Project Development phase of its “Small Starts” funding program. This designation
grants SMART funding to complete the federal environmental review process as well as final engineering and design for this critical segment.
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SMART rail meeting turns testy over siding project in Rohnert Park-Cotati
By Sean Scully – The Press Democrat, July 17, 2013
Updated news regarding the SMART rail service phase 1, which is now scheduled to debut in 2016.
The board of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system approved a $3.4 million passing track project in Rohnert Park and Cotati. The project will add a second set of tracks along about 4,000 feet and will allow the planned commuter rail trains to pass one another safely in both directions. The passing track in Rohnert Park and Cotati is one of four planned projects along the otherwise single-track line. Siding projects are also planned in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Novato. The change in configuration and location affects nearby landowners; shifting the location and switching the new tracks within a few feet of the rear fence line of a residential neighborhood.
Sonoma-Marin SMART article updates
SMART rail work to begin in Marin over the next year
By Mark Prado ~ Marin Independent Journal June 1, 2013
Transit-oriented plan for Petaluma delayed over SMART comments
By Loria Carter ~ The Press Democrat May 7, 2013
SMART News Q2- Train & Pathway Updates
April 30, 2013
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